Dining Review: The Wave

August 28, 2012 Cheryl 1
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When making our dining reservations for our most recent trip to Walt Disney World, we decided to try out The Wave restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, despite the mixed reviews I had read about the restaurant.  I am glad that we did.  The food was excellent, the staff very attentive, and the atmosphere tranquil and relaxed. The server (Yvonne from Germany) was very nice, attentive, and quick to replenish our drinks.  And the chef (Paul) came out to check on our orders and to make sure we all enjoyed our food.  We have food allergies, so he also personally took our orders to insure no cross-contamination.  I really love how Disney takes food allergies seriously.

The Wave is located on the first floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, on the left-hand side just past the check-in and concierge desks.  After walking through a brushed steel arch “tunnel” you will be greeted by the reservation host.  There is a relaxing waiting area off to the right where you can sit and wait to be taken to your table.  There is a video/TV area too, that will keep your kids entertained, although you probably won’t have to wait too long.

We were on the Disney Dining Plan, so adults get a non-alcoholic drink, entrée, and dessert at lunch and dinner.  Children get the same, or they can order a complete meal off of the kid’s menu, which usually includes a starter.  A lot of food for a 6-year-old!

The meal started with some very tasty multi-grain bread served with butter with Hawaiian Sea Salt.  A very tasty combination I would never have thought of but thoroughly enjoyed.  J and I both ordered the Grilled Beef Tenderloin ($29.99), which was served with a Shallot Butter, Potato Gateau, and Spring Ratatouille. The steaks were cooked perfectly, and were tender and juicy and had a good flavor. The sides were also very tasty, and for someone who is not a big fan of squash, even the Ratatouille was good!

T ordered the Grilled Cheese on Rainbow Bread ($8.99), which came with baked fries and apples (a whole LOT of apples!) dipped in brown sugar – yum!!  His also came with a dessert, and he chose the Vanilla Gelato Sundae, which he quickly devoured giving it a huge thumbs up!

For our desserts, my husband and I each tried a dessert trio ($7.99 each) – three small desserts in one.  Combined we had a Key Lime Cube with Citrus Cream, White Chocolate Crème Brûlée with Raspberry Macaroon, Olive Oil-infused Chocolate Truffle Mousse with Salted Caramel Sauce, Coconut-Raspberry Bar with Roasted Pineapples, Vanilla Cheesecake with Florida berries, and a Chocolate Covered Banana Cream – wow!!  Each item was just enough to get a taste.  My favorite was the White Chocolate Crème Brûlée, and J (who loves anything chocolate) loved the Mousse.  The dessert trio is definitely a good option if you want to share!

Overall, I would recommend giving The Wave a try.  Disney classifies the restaurant as “Special & Unique Dining” and it also participates in the Tables in Wonderland program.  For those on the dining plan, it uses one table service credit.  Reservations are accepted, but do not seem to be necessary.

 

Magic Kingdom!!

August 13, 2012 Cheryl 0
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Do you know that feeling you get when you step onto Main Street U.S.A. for the first time on your vacation, and you realize why you keep coming back to Walt Disney World?  It’s like the feeling you get the first time you fall in love – anticipation, excitement, and the swell of joy.  I got that feeling today from one of my favorite places in the world – where Pluto and Daisy greet guests and sign autographs, where the smell of popcorn makes you mouth drool in anticipation, and where all your dreams seem a little more magical.  Happiness seems to flow from the castle and down the street, welcoming you home.  It makes my heart happy, and that is why I keep coming back.

We had a pretty busy day today, which I guess is not surprising while on a Disney vacation!   We started out by figuring out the busing from our hotel – each resort is different in terms of how many bus stops there are and where they are.  Here at Old Key West Resort there are actually 5 stops within the complex.  We happen to be near the 3rd stop, so we anticipated having a pretty full bus, but as we are not early risers, it wasn’t too bad.   By the time we traveled to Magic Kingdom, picked up our park tickets from Will Call, got into the park, and made a quick stop at the Emporium (we left the suntan lotion in the room!), it was almost 11:30 am.  So we had a lot of time to make up.  Luckily it didn’t seem too busy today, so we were able to ride Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (I won!!!) and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover before having lunch at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café.  Then we tried to hit a bunch of the Tomorrowland and Fantasyland rides before we headed over to The Contemporary for dinner at The Wave.  Like I said, a very busy day!!

We are going to be at Walt Disney World for 2 weeks, or else I probably would have planned my day a little differently (and started a lot earlier!!) but I know that we will be back at the Magic Kingdom to hit the rest of the rides.  I definitely want to meet Merida (from Brave), check out the updated Dumbo ride, play a little Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, and do the rides in Adventureland, Frontierland and Liberty Square.  T was asking to go on Splash Mountain all day, but the passing thunderstorm put a kink into those plans today, so I am sure a soaking is in my future as well!!

We decided to try out The Wave despite the mixed reviews I had read about the restaurant.  I am glad that we did.  The food was excellent, the staff very attentive, and the atmosphere tranquil and relaxed. The server (Yvonne from Germany) was very nice and quick to replenish our drinks.  And the chef (Paul) came out to check on our orders and to make sure we all enjoyed our food.  We have food allergies, so he also personally took our orders to insure no cross-contamination.  I really love how Disney takes food allergies seriously.

We are on the Disney Dining Plan, so adults get a non-alcoholic drink, entrée, and dessert at lunch and dinner.  Children get the same or they can order a complete meal off of the kid’s menu, which usually includes a starter.  A lot of food for a 6-year-old!

The meal started with some very tasty multi-grain bread served with butter with Hawaiian Sea Salt.  A very tasty combination I would never have thought of, but thoroughly enjoyed.  Then J and I both ordered the Grilled Beef Tenderloin, and T ordered the grilled cheese on rainbow bread.  Ours came with Potato Gateau and Spring Ratatouille.  T’s came with baked fries and apples (a whole LOT of apples!) dipped in brown sugar – yum!!  The steaks were cooked perfectly, and were tender and juicy and had a good flavor.  For dessert T had a sundae, and J and I each had a dessert trio – three small desserts in one.  Combined we had a Key Lime Cube with Citrus Cream, White Chocolate Crème Brûlée with Raspberry Macaroon, Olive Oil-infused Chocolate Truffle Mousse with Salted Caramel Sauce, Coconut-Raspberry Bar with Roasted Pineapples, Vanilla Cheesecake with Florida berries, and a Chocolate Covered Banana Cream – wow!!

Our plan was to watch the fireworks from The Contemporary, but the show didn’t begin until 10 pm, and T was getting a little bit tired after such a busy day.  Plus our feet were starting to hurt and we still had to get from The Contemporary back to Magic Kingdom to catch the bus back to our hotel, so we decided to skip.  Tomorrow we are having dinner at O’Hanas at the Polynesian Resort, so we will be watching them from the beach after dinner.  Can’t wait – I LOVE fireworks!!